THE SCOPE OF TOTAL ARCHITECTURE by Walter Groplus

THE SCOPE OF TOTAL ARCHITECTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third book in the World Perspectives series, this is a collection of Gropius' speeches and writings of import in the world of architecture and civilized man. They range from his seventieth birthday speech back to a 1929 article on the ""Sociological Premises for the Minimum Dwelling of Urban Industrial Populations""; they cover a number of pertinent subjects that live up to the title of the book. Gropius considers the education of architects and designers, the place of the contemporary architect, planning and housing, the scope of total architecture, under headings of these names. He also includes under these an explanation of the Bauhaus movement, an appraisal of the development of modern architecture, organic neighborhood planning, etc... He calls for the artist-technician, the use of mass production in the building arts, a renewed emphasis on the individual to achieve a better life for the average citizen of an industrial democracy. An appealing presentation of the principles and philosophy of a great architect and teacher -- a must for students and a rewarding book for the layman.

Publisher: Harper